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Massa, Williams fastest to conclude Jerez test

Jan 31, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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Felipe Massa made it another Mercedes-powered car on top of the timesheets in Friday’s fourth test session of the week, as Formula One kicked off its official preseason testing schedule at Jerez.

Massa completed 86 laps in the Williams FW36, and posted a flier of 1:28.229 on a day when times were off the pace due to wet and damp conditions.

The Mercedes reliability was solid out of the gate this week. Massa was one of four Mercedes drivers who completed more than 80 laps on Friday; Force India reserve Daniel Juncadella clocked 81 while Nico Rosberg (91) and Kevin Magnussen (110) also turned in successful days of work.

Rosberg’s stood out in particular, as it included a full race simulation of 74 laps with two pit stops.

Fernando Alonso led the official lap sheets for the day, with 115 turned in the Ferrari F14 T and a best lap of 1:29.145.

As written earlier today, Caterham and Red Bull packed up early, although Kamui Kobayashi turned in 54 of Renault’s 70 total laps on Friday. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) didn’t even make it into double digits.

The next four-day test will run from Feb. 19-22 in Bahrain. By then, some of the reliability issues should be sorted, and Lotus should be able to make its debut with the new E22 chassis.

1. Felipe Massa, Williams-Mercedes, 1m 28.229s, 86 Laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 29.145s, 115
3. Daniel Juncadella, Force India-Mercedes, 1m 29.457s, 81
4. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1m 30.806s, 110
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 30.822s, 41
6. Jules Bianchi, Marussia-Ferrari, 1m 32.222s, 25
7. Adrian Sutil, Sauber-Ferrari, 1m 36.571s, 69
8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 36.951s 91
9. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham-Renault, 1m 43.193s, 54
10. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso-Renault, 1m 44.016s, 9
11. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull-Renault, 1m 45.374s, 7

  1. oscarclove - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Reblogged this on oscarloveviews.

  2. worknman24hours - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Nice to see Felipe getting some front runner coverage again.

    I hope the car is as good for the rest of the season.

    • testover6370 - Feb 1, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Williams made all the right personnel hires and Mercedes does seem strong out the gate. I think Williams will be resurgent.

  3. timaug - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Auto racing fans of America, used to be able to watch these great races on THE SPEED CHANNEL.

    BUT FOX XSCREWEDX THAT UP.

    FOX, YOU MORONS.

  4. twosco2 - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    I have to upgrade my satellite package real soon. Any ideas which channel/channels I’ll need. I’m in the outback of South West Oregon, with Dish:( I’d like to see Massa do well, and would really like to get the season started.

  5. indycar02 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    go, #7 & 14!…

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